John Mylne and Helen Kenneries

John Mylne was born in Dundee, Angus, Scotland into a family of master builders and masons. John was one of three successive generations  to serve as Master Mason to the Crown of Scotland.

He was apparently born around 1565 to parents Thomas Mylne 1543-1605 and Margaret Spalding 1562-1600.

Old Dundee Scotland

In 1584 he was engaged on alterations to The Drum, a tower house in Lothian, for the 7th Lord Somerville, and in 1589 he built or extended Bannatyne House in Newtyle, Angus for Justice Thomas Bannatyne.

At the age of around 21 John married Helen Kenneries in 1586 in Perth, Scotland.

They had one child John Milne born 1585 in Perth, Scotland. John married Isobel Wilson in 1610 in Edinburgh.

John senior was made a burgess of Dundee in 1587 for various works around the city including renewing of the royal burgh’s harbour. Her also built the mercat cross which formerly stood in the High Street.

In 1600 he was Master of the Masons Lodge at Scone, and admitted King James VI to the lodge as a freeman mason.

From 1604 to 1617 Mylne was engaged planning and executing an eleven-arched bridge across the River Tay at Perth. Mylne was made a burgess of Perth in 1607.

John Mylne died in 1621 in Perth and was buried at Greyfriars burial ground in Perth where his monument including a tablet added by his descendant Robert Mylne in 1774 still stands.


See John Mylne’s wikipedia entry here for more information.